A Tawdry Little Mind

Using the plural pronoun for a singular meaning is actually very common in English: the originally-plural you got extended to mean a formal, singular you and ultimately completely annihilated thou, and even we can be used as singular if you’re pretending to be the Queen or Helen Mirren.

But then, in the late 18th century, grammarians started recommending that people use he as a gender nonspecific pronoun because they was ostensibly plural, as part of the grand tradition of awkwardly shoehorning English grammar into Latin which has caused many of your present grammatical insecurities, and which I’m totally sure had nothing whatsoever to do with the patriarchy.

A Linguist on the Story of Gendered Pronouns (via nutmegbirch)

you can try and pry singular they out of my cold dead hands.

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socialjusticekoolaid:

Last Night in Ferguson (9.28-9.29): Last night’s protest was one of the in Ferguson this month, proving once again that the residents of Ferguson/STL County are some of the most resilient and inspiring in all the land. The police were literally holding peaceful protesters hostage late into the night (folks who were complying with all police requests) so they could negotiate with the remaining folks to leave, but the protesters didn’t back down. Eventually all arrestees were released, and many plan to be back out there tonight.

Injustice in Ferguson continues, but despite it, community now thrives too. This is still happening. Are you still paying attention? #staywoke #farfromover

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sgtsweetcheeks:

broadwill:

It’s just a high school production they said. It’s probably gonna suck they said. 

Guys holy cow, this is one of the post powerful and wonderful versions of Defying Gravity I’ve ever seen. And the voices are definitely comparable to Broadway singers.

Think of sitting next to that chick in fucking math though.

like “I’m sorry Mrs Smith I can’t do algebra I’m remembering Suzy’s singing and creaming my pants.”

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twicr:

Yes, it’s a giant panda in a giant mech suit. It’s called “Iron Panda” and it is on display in Hong Kong through July 7. 

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teysa-orzhov-rules-lawyer:

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laughingsquid:

Friend Makes a Woman Hospitalized with Short-Term Memory Loss an Informative FAQ

This is the best friend a person could ever have.

The last one is the best, hands down.

The last one. True friend.

teysa-orzhov-rules-lawyer:

alexeatscookies:

lunapics:

laughingsquid:

Friend Makes a Woman Hospitalized with Short-Term Memory Loss an Informative FAQ

This is the best friend a person could ever have.

The last one is the best, hands down.

The last one. True friend.

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idaltus:

[image description: a set of tweets from kim moore @soulrevision 

tweet one: “90% of what we read, watch, and listen to is controlled by only 6 media outlets: disney, newscorps, GE, viacom, CBS, time warner. #hiphoped”

tweet two: “the largest holder in #CCA is vanguard group inc. vanguard is the 3rd largest holder in both viacom and time warner. #hiphoped #privateprisons”

tweet three: “when we understand how media conglomerates work and then dig into the shareholders of private prisons #hiphoped”

tweet four: “+ we easily see the connection between hip-hop and school to prison pipeline! #hiphoped”

tweet five: “corrections corporation of america (#CCA) is the larger private prison operator in the US. vanguard is their largest shareholder #hiphoped”

tweet six: “also, vanguard is the 3rd largest shareholder in the GEO group. GEO is the 2nd largest private prison operator in the US #hiphoped”

tweet seven: “vanguard does A LOT of investing in private prisons while being the 3rd largest shareholder in viacom and time warner #hiphoped”

tweet eight: “the people who own the media = the same people who own private prisons. it’s no surprise they use one to promote the other #hiphoped”

tweet nine: “so, when prisons present states with contracts that mandate 90% occupancy and crime is down, how do they fill those prisons? #hiphoped”

tweet ten: “you fill the prisons by filling the radio stations with music that targets youth and glorifies criminal lifestyles that lead to prison. #hiphoped”]

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soulrevision:

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Every Tuesday night at 9pm EST there is an excellent twitter chat called #HipHopEd . Last night’s topic was, ‘What Is Hip Hop’s Role In The School To Prison Pipeline?’ I used this time to breakdown the connection between hip hop and private prisons, which fuel the School To Prison Pipeline.

While hip hop is not solely and directly responsible for the School To Prison Pipeline, it definitely plays a role as those who control what we listen to and see invest in private prisons.

CCA is the Corrections Corporation of America, they are the oldest & largest private prison company in the United States. Not only have they capitalized on the failed war on drugs by housing drug offenders, they also found a way to bring in new revenue by incarcerating undocumented immigrants.

GEO is the second largest private prison company in the U.S. and has facilities in the UK, Australia and south Africa.

When we dig into the financials, investments & shareholders of media conglomerates and private prisons, we begin to see some familiar names. Vanguard is one name that comes up frequently as their hands dip in both media interests AND private prisons. Not only is Vanguard the largest shareholder in CCA, they are also the largest shareholder in GEO. When you hold as much stock as Vanguard, it is easy to assume, and rightfully so, that there is enough power to decide what we see and hear on the radio and tv. 

*I know you all are sticklers for wording, so let me say that filling the radio stations with music that glamorizes criminal lifestyles and drug use is only ONE of MANY ways to help fill prisons when crime rates are down & companies like CCA are requiring 90% occupancy*

As always, please don’t take anything that I blog on here for fact. These are my truths as I have researched for myself, now I urge you to do the same. I have posted some links to help get you started. Let’s continue to learn and educate ourselves and others so we can work collectively to dismantle the the prison industrial complex!

Time Warner Cable Holdings: http://bit.ly/1qXjzJu

CCA Holdings: http://bit.ly/1mnlhMA

GEO Holdings: http://bit.ly/1oE9JJd

Letter sent by CCA soliciting states to keep prisons 90% full: http://huff.to/1qXiv8p

GEO website: http://www.geogroup.com/

CCA website (take a look at their board of directors, you’ll find a familiar name on there): http://www.correctionscorp.com/

- soulrevision

Kim stays dropping knowledge! If you’re on twitter I suggest you follow her. You WILL learn something new and informative everyday

The school to prison pipeline is also influencing public school policy of ‘zero tolerances’ and suspensions, expelling, cops in schools, and prosecuting of kids.

It’s insane.

The U.S. has more people in prison in the WORLD. Even if you compare by % to some of the most despotic nations.

It’s because prisoners have no rights. They even lose the right to vote! And they are seen as commodity because of the work prison programs that is supposed to be about rehabilitation and providing skills to the prisoners to help them reintegrate with society but has instead become slave labor. Not to mention the absolute lack of community support on rehabbing prisoners into society. They have a higher unemployment rate than anyone and they aren’t allowed to keep in contact with the few friends they made in prison or other ex-cons even if they would be a positive influence. Thus, they left sinking in the deep end of the pool as the rest of society moves on without them so they commit crimes to get sent back to prison because it is all they know.